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Reporters at risk in Venezuela protests

Journalists are detained, injured, and prevented from covering mass protests in Venezuela as that country's political crisis shows little sign of easing. Police take journalists' equipment and fire tear gas canisters directly at working reporters. Internet users say that some news websites are inaccessible. CPJ documents dangers to the media and offers safety advice to those covering the unrest.

Safety Advisory: Covering the Protests
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Case   |   Venezuela

Venezuela regulator takes two international news stations off air

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles addresses protesters and the press in Caracas on April 22. Journalists and news outlets covering the unrest have been harassed. (AP/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela's state telecommunications regulator Conatel ordered two international news broadcasters-- El Tiempo from Colombia, and Todo Noticias from Argentina-- off the air on April 19, 2017, the broadcasters reported.

Attacks on the Press   |   Iraq, Mexico, Syria

Zone of Silence

The public is robbed of information when journalists are murdered
By Robert Mahoney

Journalist Avijit Roy founded the blog "Mukto-Mona," or Free Thinker, as a forum for free expression and ideas that challenged the growing religious intolerance in his native Bangladesh. His blog for intellectual freedom cost him his life.

Alerts   |   Ecuador

Ecuador fines seven news outlets for not reproducing Argentine newspaper story

Ecuadoran regulators have fined seven news outlets for declining to republish allegations from an Argentine newspaper that defeated presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso, shown here in an April 3, 2017, press conference in Quito, evaded taxes. (AP/Delores Ochoa)

Bogotá, Colombia, April 24, 2017--Ecuadoran authorities should immediately annul fines imposed on seven media outlets for declining to reproduce a story published in an Argentine newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

April 24, 2017 4:55 PM ET

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Case   |   Brazil

Two photographers arrested for photographing Brazil protest

Striking police officers set fire to coffins to protest plans to cut police pensions in Brasilia, April 18, 2017. (AP/Eraldo Peres)

Police on April 17, 2017, arrested two Brazilian photographers who were taking photographs of a barricade of burning tires in the Jardins neighborhood of São Paulo and accused them of starting the fire, according to one of the photographers and the police report, which CPJ has reviewed.

Blog   |   USA

CPJ joins Fly Don't Spy campaign to protect journalists and their sources

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Over the past several months, the Committee to Protect Journalists has raised concerns over U.S. border agents' use of secondary searches of journalists and their devices at U.S. borders, and government proposals to require travelers to hand over social media account passwords as a condition of entry to the U.S. That is why today CPJ joined with 29 organizations to launch the Fly Don't Spy campaign. CPJ supports the rights of journalists to protect confidential information when traveling and is concerned about proposals that could undermine these values.

Statements   |   Ecuador, Peru

Journalist facing charges in Ecuador files for asylum in Peru

New York, April 18, 2017--Ecuadoran journalist Fernando Villavicencio, director of the news website Focus Ecuador and a critic of outgoing President Rafael Correa, today filed a petition for political asylum in Lima, Peru. A statement from the regional press group Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) said the journalist, who fled to Lima after presidential elections on April 2, is not guaranteed a fair trial in Ecuador, where he faces charges of distributing allegedly confidential emails sent by public officials.

April 18, 2017 4:52 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican crime reporter murdered

A man attaches crosses to the fence of the attorney general's office (PGR) in Mexico City to protest the murder of journalists, April 1, 2017. (Reuters/Edgard Garrido)

Mexico City, April 17, 2017--Mexican authorities should swiftly and credibly investigate the murder of crime reporter Maximino Rodríguez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unknown assailants shot and killed Rodríguez on April 14 in the northern Mexican city of La Paz, according to his employer.

April 17, 2017 5:13 PM ET

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Safety Advisories   |   Venezuela

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Protests in Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition supporters have been protesting against the government of President Nicolás Maduro since the Supreme Court ruled to strip the National Assembly of its lawmaking powers at the end of March. This is the longest sustained wave of anti-government demonstrations since 2014.

April 12, 2017 3:12 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Venezuela

Journalists covering Venezuela protests harassed, attacked, and news websites blocked

A Reuters photojournalist runs as Venezuelan National Guard soldiers charge during a protest outside the Supreme Court in Caracas on March 31. Several journalists have been injured covering the unrest. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

New York, April 12, 2017--Venezuelan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Several reporters have been detained, injured, or had equipment seized while covering ongoing protests over a Supreme Court ruling to strip the opposition-led National Assembly of its lawmaking powers, according to news reports and local press freedom organizations. Access to at least three independent news websites that broadcast footage of the protests is blocked in Venezuela, according to reports.

Case   |   Brazil

In Brazil, attacker fires at political blogger's car

Political blogger Márcio Prado was at his home in Rio Grande da Serra, one of the municipalities that ring Brazil's biggest city São Paulo, in the early hours of April 1, 2017, when he heard gunshots, he told CPJ in a telephone interview. The blogger said he went downstairs to see what was going on but the streets in front and behind his house were empty and he did not see where the shots came from or who or what the attacker might be shooting at.

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